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1Q84

(1Q84 #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  49,121 ratings  ·  2,064 reviews
1949年にジョージ・オーウェルは、近未来小説としての『1984』を刊行した。
そして2009年、『1Q84』は逆の方向から1984年を描いた近過去小説である。
そこに描かれているのは「こうであったかもしれない」世界なのだ。
私たちが生きている現在が、「そうではなかったかもしれない」世界であるのと、ちょうど同じように。
Paperback, 554 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Shinchosha/Tsai Fong Books
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Darya Conmigo
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
The more I read Murakami, the more I understand that there are books that are about literature and then there are books that have nothing to do with literature as such. Books that aren't so much of story, character development or wording - although there is that, too - as they are little anti-death pills. You turn the last page, and for a little while your whole body, every single cell of it, remembers about its immortality. Let me try this another way: reading a Murakami book is like diving int ...more
Helen 2.0
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short, very belated review!

This was my first Murakami read and it was more than decent. The 1Q84 trilogy is clearly meant to be read back-to-back as one long book, since Part One is only an introduction to the setting and moreover, the characters. I'm unwisely putting a month's break between each part, but it can't be helped because of my crazy reading schedule.

1Q84, so far, is very character focused. Readers get to know every thought flitting through the two protagonists' heads as they go abou
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Taka
Reread (2015)

Awesome--

Read (December 28, 2009)

I don't know how he does it, but it's good. Really, really good. I was sucked into it from the very beginning and had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait to read the next volume.

Here, you'd see the master at work. His signature surrealism is there, as well as parallel narratives like in Hardboild Wonderland and the End of the World and Kafka on the Shore.

But Murakami does something new in this book. It's told in the third person point of view.
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Charlie Wall
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book has a good premise with poor execution. There are some weird yet deeply affecting scenes which kept me reading, but it really doesn't need to be three volumes long; I wonder where his editor was in all of this. The main issue that lets this book down is the dialogue. Maybe it's just how Japanese people speak and it doesn't make sense in translation, but characters frequently talk to each other in a way that seems completely unnatural and out of character. They exchange information they ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
The beginning of a very interesting story that balancea between realism and many ... strange things. At first, however, I can not say that I was particularly excited about what I was reading and I was worried that it was something like the tortured bird that left me so confused that I can not say I enjoyed it very much. Here, however, there are many important differences that made me after this inicial puzzlement to really love this book. The basic thing is that it is a story that is firmly on t ...more
Jaidee
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 "two moon" stars (Really more of a 3.5 star writing style but the story was just so fascinating that I gave this first book a bonus half star).

I will do a review after I finish all three books of 1q84.

I do need to take a short break before I start book 2.
Chaunceton Bird
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is some quality Murakami. I look forward to the next two in the 1Q84 series.
Luís
Sometimes, entering literature makes you lose your bearings, lose your foothold.
I open my first Murakami.

From the first two pages of 1q84, a piece of unreal music rises which envelops me, winds in the air.
A sort of hum that is both harmonious and dissonant draws me into a disturbing literary universe. Slowly, the sentences follow one another, gratefully simple, while Aomamé becomes more complex more quickly than a quantum physics formula on a large blackboard.

I have just entered the world of Har
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أحمد ناجي
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So when I was in the prison I was lucky and smuggled the first part which was translated into arabic, and then after couples of weeks. They moved me to another room where I found the complete book in English and I finished it.
True it could be Murakami's masterpiece, but I still prefer Kafka on the shore
Susy
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Loving it so far although to be honest I'm having trouble identifying why I love it that much. I notice that I want to keep reading, wanting to know where it is all headed, how certain parts are linked (or not). It is not that there's a lot of action, I guess it's just the mysterious feel of it all. At the same time I'm wondering how far Murakami will go with the fantasy elements; hopefully he will not overdo it (view spoiler)
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Laura
This is the first book of this trilogy. So far so good but not so extraordinary as Wind-Up Chronicle.

2* Yesterday
4* Town of Cats
3* Kafka on the Shore
3* Norwegian Wood
3* Hunting Knife
4* Minha Querida Sputnik
5* The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
CR 1Q84
TR After the Quake
Kate
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5stars

(I have decided to split up my reviews for this book - I'm reading the large, one-volume copy but my review is legit going to be a million pages long, plus I want to be able to talk about each book as I finish it - and I feel like it's fair counting this as 3 books to my good reads goal lol)

This first book was WONDERFUL. I deducted a .5 point simply because it was a LITTLE draggy and not too much happened - but the world building, character development and plot set up was SUPERB.

In th
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SAM
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I was doing my daily visit to the book section of the Guardian website when I saw an article about a book being declared 'indecent' in Hong Kong. The book was Killing Commendatore, which is available in all of its uncensored glory in the UK on 9th October. Unfortunately Hong Kong has censored the book and you have to be 18 or over to buy it. Having never heard of Hakuri Marukami and discovering that he's kind of a big deal in Japan I found myself purchasing 1Q84. My paperback edition has all thr ...more
Hagar
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
OH GOOD GOD! I finished book 1? It's done? That's it?
How? What? Why? When?
Where's the climax? The turning point? Resolution? Nothing? I read 442 pages .. for .. nothing? That's all I get? Disappointment?

I mean, this is how the plot can be described:



I'm not even sure I'll complete the trilogy. *sigh*
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Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
This book is mind-blowing. I've never delved into literature other than English or Afrikaans (my native South African language). But 1Q84 has given me a whole new reading experience. The characters are fully fleshed-out. The story draws you in and the writing is absolutely beautiful. It's science fiction like you've never read before. It combines fantasy, dystopian and philosophical elements without detracting from the core of the narrative. If you loved The Man in High Castle or any other dysto ...more
Ana
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that best resembles life. Two worlds: the one that is and the one that should be. It is a lesson that we should all learn from this almost sci-fi book, we should take more time in perusing what we really care about in life and just use the best of this world to do it, without overthinking, without atonements. It is also a mirror of our berm in two worlds that are best together: the one we are in and the one we have for ourselves just to create one another over and over again, cons ...more
Vince Will Iam
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
It is the first time I have read Murakami or any book by a Japanese author. It was a delightful discovery, a brief but pleasant escape from everyday life.

Aomame and Tengo, the two protagonists are wonderfully portrayed in a slow-paced narrative of two lives that have been scarred from childhood. The fantastic and religious elements add new shades of meaning to the plot or plots... I also loved the metafictional perspective of the book which enables the reader to get a glimpse of the world of wr
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Ginger
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This was our May read for my RL book club.
I am officially the only member to have finished the first installment.
I purchased all three installments in one book but I am not entirely sure I will be finishing this 'series'.
This was a deeply character driven book, very few things actually happen in these 300+ pages. We have our two main characters (view spoiler)
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Justine
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
At the beginning, I found the characters unlikable, but wondered if that was perhaps the author's intention - perhaps the characters were two-dimensional, self-involved, and stand-offish for a reason that would become clear as the novel progressed? At least in book 1, this never happened.

Tengo is unlikable - he honestly read as perv-y to me. He has sex with a married older woman so he doesn't have to date the young girls that he used to teach, who require too much social energy. This sentence bo
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Kallierose
Sep 04, 2011 added it
Shelves: abandoned
I'm sorry, but I just can't finish it. I'm 500 or so pages into it (out of 900!) and it's like pulling teeth to get myself to sit down and work on it. When reading a book feels like work, it's time to move on.

My New Year's resolution? To stop wasting time on books that I obviously do not like. No matter HOW good everyone else says it is. It's not quite New Year's Day yet, so admittedly I'm starting a little early, but really - this book is killing my love of reading.

It is incredibly repetitive.
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René
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who feel that there are subtle signs that the world we live in is not the real one
(review moved to the trilogy book: 1Q84) ...more
Juraj Holub
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a surprise! I was hesitant to get down to this gargantuan trilogy and I’m not through yet. But the first book was great.

I thought I was over Murakami but this book proved otherwise.

It’s more bizarre, lonely, mysterious, erotic and intriguing than ever.

It all nicely plays together and I can’t wait to get down to the second book.
Габриела Манова
"The thing I'm most afraid of is me. Of not knowing what I'm going to do. Of not knowing what I'm doing right now."
Reem Ghabbany
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic! I loved this book!!!!! I love the characters and everything!!!
Tracey
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: murakami-mania
Excellent first part of this story, on with book 2.
I will review after I finish the 3rd and final book.
Emilia Barnes
Okay, so... I would be lying if I said I wasn't intrigued by the plot. In the last quarter, the book certainly connected the dots and opened doors to places that made me go: right, I've got to read the next one.

But.

My friends.

What the actual hell.

Every female character in this book:





By the end I had an image of Murakami that was not far removed from this:



And yes, it's all funny, ha-ha, man's got an obsession, but when the breasts of a high school girl and what they look like in a particular swea
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Nimrod
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read
Haruki Murakami raped my soul.
I spent a week reading 1Q84 and feel that I wasted my time.
Murakami's attempt to be a post-modernist writer is pathetic and sad.
Unnecessary lesbian scenes, an entity with paranormal abilities (the little people) that does nothing but saying "Oh- Oh", unsolved murder cases, which have a common denominator, but being neglected by the author, over describing food and music, a simplistic love story which is being carried over 1000 pages, for nothing, and the ending of t
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Susanna Meynle
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Well that's not how I imagined the first book to end!

I'll definitely want to read the next books in the series soon.

The story is told from the PoV of Tengo and Aomame. They both live completely different lives and are seemingly not connected to each other.

Tengo is a math teacher and a freelance writer. He is asked to rewrite a book written by a teenager, Fuka Eri. This was done so the girl could win the 'New Author's Prize'. Involving himself in this proves to be dangerous and it alters his li
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Kim Miner Litton
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I was told that, to keep my moral up, I should count reading this hefty book as 3 books, since that is how it was originally published, rather than as one. I have now finished book one, which by American standards could not be called a stand alone book, but a long first act with diligent introductions.

I'm compelled to read on with this book, which is always a good sign, but there are red flags, the same I've read in other reviews. The detail by which things are described and the pace are complet
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Anja Weber
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mystery but so fascinating in the world of two moons. The age of Big brother and Liberal capitalism is visible in life of alienated people, alienated spaces, roads with no end..World in which is survival very hard because humans does not posses emotions just pure, strong animal will for power build in some strange, secret organizations. Truth about cloned society in doll of air ans mother and her child is really as something what maybe exist beyond next corner.
In such world love exist between tw
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